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Archive for the ‘Planking’ Category

Plank Here! Gotcha Yer Plank Here

Posted by terrepruitt on March 27, 2013

WOW!  Day twenty-seven of our Plank A Day For A Month!  Kinda can’t believe it is almost over.  I just had an idea about a plank challenge for next month . . . . . ha!  I guess we should finish this one first, huh?

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Tuesday, Day Twenty-Six Of Planking Every Day For A Month Challenge

Posted by terrepruitt on March 26, 2013

Tuesday.  How is your planking going?

Maybe you’ll come back to see what I have done to the Chai Tea Latte recipe?

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Day Twenty-Five Of Planking

Posted by terrepruitt on March 25, 2013

Just a week to go in a Plank A Day For A Month Challenge . . . . . wow!  Can’t believe it.  So . . . . you are still here.  That is awesome.  I hope you are feeling even better about your planks!

One day, I felt I went backwards, but that was one day.  Even a few days is ok to take a few steps back.  Because then eventually you get moving forward again, right?

So where are you at?

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Sunday Planking

Posted by terrepruitt on March 24, 2013

It is day twenty-four of our Plank A Day Challenge or Plank Every Day For A Month Challenge.  For some it is easier to make adjustments at the beginning of the week.  Is today an adjustment day for you?  Are you adding time onto your plank?

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It’s A Bird, It’s A Plank

Posted by terrepruitt on March 23, 2013

What?  You try to come up with thirty-one days of titles for the basically the same thing.  Not easy.  And please, even if you lie to me, can you say at least one so far has made you smile?

Here it is day twenty-three.  Plank A Day For A Month Challenge.  How’s it going?

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Day Twenty-Two Of Planking

Posted by terrepruitt on March 22, 2013

Ahhh, Friday, yes?  Here we are at our twenty second day of planking.  I bet that you are better at it than on the first Friday, March 1st.  Whether you are doing it for a longer time or whether you have better form, I bet you are better.  Even if you missed a day or two, you are better today than you were twenty-two days ago.

Do you feel better at it than when you first started?

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Twenty One And Fifteen

Posted by terrepruitt on March 21, 2013

YEAH BABY!  This is day twenty one of our Plank A Day For A Month Challenge!!!!  And I am sure you are feeling good about it!  This is also my fifteen wedding anniversary and I am feeling pretty good about that!

So how are you feeling about your planking? 

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Double Planking

Posted by terrepruitt on March 20, 2013

So have you found yourself doing more than one plank a day yet?  This is day twenty of our Plank A Day For A Month Challenge and I was just wondering if you think about it during the day after you’ve done the plank for the challenge or not and decide to do another one.  Why not, right?  It is only 15+ seconds out of your day?

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Plank Muscles

Posted by terrepruitt on March 19, 2013

While you are doing your plank you might notice some of the muscles involved in doing the plank.  As I am sure you know, there are many variations to the plank.  Many movement practices/exercise disciplines do planks.  There is a plank in yoga, in Pilates, in weight training . . . you probably have seen it all over.  That alone tells you that it is an exercise/pose worth doing right?  We even do planks in Nia.  If there is a version in so many different disciplines it could be that is because does a body good.  The plank we are doing in our Plank A Day Challenge is the plank on our forearms as opposed to the plank where your arms are straight (the position of the “top” of a push-up).  There are a lot of muscles used in this plank.

The muscles being used in a plank are the abdominal muscles, the back muscles, the muscles in the arms, the shoulders, leg muscles, and butt muscles.  So pretty much muscles in every muscle group.  You can understand why it is such a great exercise.  It is a full body workout.  So, while it might not utilize every muscles it calls upon a lot of them.  If you are participating in the challenge you might even notice that the endurance in the muscles is improving.

I often think of the plank as a great exercise to work on your core.  You might have heard “core” and “core muscles” before.  You might even wonder what they are.  And just like so many things there are so many answers.  I think of the core as a muscle group.  I think of the core muscles as the group that allows your body to remain stable and/or upright.  So sometimes that could include your quads if you are standing or doing a plank.

Having a strong and stable core helps us accomplish everyday things.  From sitting, to walking, to doing things with our arm as in pushing, pulling, carrying, etc.  A strong trunk helps us when we need to work with are arms.  Especially with our arms extended.  If we are do something with our arms out, say opening a window, grabbing a grocery bag and bringing it towards you, or pushing something in to a vehicle for transport, you rely a lot on your torso.  So when it is strong and stable it can support you while you do these task.

On top of the strong core having arms that are able to open windows, grab and hold groceries, pull them towards you or push things help with every day life too.  Be able to do all of these everyday things might be one reason the plank is in so many exercise disciplines.  It is a great functional exercise.  It is understood that it can assist with muscle strength and endurance.  And it is one of the exercises that gets a lot of muscles all at once!

Are you participating in our challenge?  Are you feeling your muscles?  You have probably felt the muscles used in a plank, right?

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Tuesday, Day Nineteen Of The Plank A Day For A Month Challenge

Posted by terrepruitt on March 19, 2013

So here it is day nineteen.  Where are you?  You can add time any day, it doesn’t have to be Sunday?  Have you decided to add some time?  Have you tried the stopwatch duration?

As I mentioned on my Sunday comment, planking before planking (as in doing another workout be it yoga or Nia) is a bit easier so I am shooting for a big jump this week.  Again, I have my goal duration, but I am letting my stopwatch go to see how far I can comfortable get!

How are  you doing?  Do you have a goal duration you want to be at when the month is up?

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